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Phantom Empire - Chapter 1: Singing Cowboy


Published 1935


From IMDB:When the ancient continent of Mu sank beneath the ocean, some of its inhabitant survived in caverns beneath the sea. Cowboy singer Gene Autry stumbles upon the civilization, now buried beneath his own Radio Ranch. The Muranians have developed technology and weaponry such as television and ray guns. Their rich supply of radium draws unscrupulous speculators from the surface. The peaceful civilization of the Muranians is corrupted by the greed from above, and it becomes Autry's task to prevent all-out war, ideally without disrupting his regular radio show.

Phantom Empire - Chapter 1: Singing Cowboy
Phantom Empire - Chapter 2: Thunder Riders
Phantom Empire - Chapter 3: Lightning Chamber
Phantom Empire - Chapter 4: Phantom Broadcast
Phantom Empire - Chapter 5: Beneath the Sky
Phantom Empire - Chapter 6: Disaster From the Sky
Phantom Empire - Chapter 7: From Death to Life
Phantom Empire - Chapter 8: Jaws of Jeopardy
Phantom Empire - Chapter 9: Prisoners of the Ray
Phantom Empire - Chapter 10: Rebellion
Phantom Empire - Chapter 11: Queen in Chains
Phantom Empire - Chapter 12: End of Murania


Run time 00:30:24
Producer Nat Levine
Production Company Mascot Pictures Corporation
Audio/Visual sound, black & white


Reviews

Reviewer: DailySteve - - December 5, 2011
Subject: Good with pizza and a beer.
I used to watch this every Saturday afternoon at Shakey's Pizza. They had a 16mm print of this and several other serials they played on the weekends. This is not something to be over-analyzed, merely enjoyed.
Reviewer: Shadows_Girl - - February 4, 2008
Subject: Gene Autry Saves the World
Yeah, the guy who made "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" a hit back in 1949 (a year before I was born) and his gang from the Melody Ranch take on the Survivors of the ancient Civilization of Mu in a no-holds-barred battle for the WORLD!!!

And is it just coincidence that it is COWBOYS who save us from MU (pronounced "moo")?

All in all this one is good old-fashioned popcorn munching fun (especially if you limit yourself to a chapter or two per day).
Reviewer: filmsplice - - January 31, 2008
Subject: See it!!!
This one's bizarre, it's lively, it's completely entertaining, and one of my very favorite serials. Science fiction and cowboys meet in a very strange storyline...I'm not going to add more; you just have to watch it (and see it completely).
Reviewer: surfvh - - October 4, 2007
Subject: Strange Priorities!?!
This is the strangest serial I've ever seen because of one strange circumstance. Gene Autry's goal is to make it back to Radio Ranch to do his song on the radio every day. The problem with that is he destroys an entire civilization and kills everybody in it to do it. Talk about a distorted set of priorities. Old Gene needs to get his moral sense in gear. Saving an entire civilization from destruction is more important than singing on the radio! Gee! Gosh! Golly, Batman! Who thought this one up!
As to the rest of the serial, it's got some decent action and an acquaintance interest (you can't call it a love interest, Gene doesn't seem interested enough for that). There's also some strange goings-on with some boys living at the ranch. But old Gene is seemingly oblivious to it all, as long as he gets back each day in time to sing his song. It hardly seems worth it, since his singing isn't that good. For a good singing cowboy watch one of the Roy Rogers movies on this site or perhaps 'Renfrew of the Royal Mounted'. The lead in that, James Newell, has a fabulous baritone voice and sings some good songs such as 'Barbeque Bill'. It's on archive.org as well.
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